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Hollister

 

Lyle Eugene Hollister, born 6 July 1923 in Sioux Falls, S. Dak., enlisted in the Navy 26 March 1941 at Minneapolis, Minn. Radioman Second Class Hollister first served in Prairie before being assigned to Plunkett and Relief. After duty at the Naval Station, Key West, Hollister was reassigned to Plunkett. He was reported missing in action as result of an engagement of Plunkett with enemy aircraft during the assault on Anzio, September1943. Two years younger than their brother, Lyle Eugene, twins William Howard and Richard Jetome Hollister were born 22 November 1925 at Sioux Falls, S. Dak. They enlisted in the Navy 2 March 1943 at Minneapolis. Both were serving in Lisoome Bay when that carrier was torpedoed in the Gilbert Islands area 24 November 1943. William Howard Hollister died from wounds received in this action; Richard Jerome was reported missing and presumed dead. All three brothers were posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

 

(DD-788 : dp. 2,425 ; l. 390'6" ; b. 40'11" ; dr. 18'6" ; s. 35 k.; cpl. 336; a. 3 5", 12 40mm., 8 20mm., 2 dct., 6 dcp., 5 21" tt.; cl. Gearing)

 

Hollister (DD-788) was launched 9 October 1945 by Todd Shipyard, Seattle; sponsored by Mrs. Howard J. Hollister, mother of the three Hollister brothers; and commissioned 29 March 1946, Commander W. T. Samuels in command.

 

After shakedown along the California coast, Hollister departed San Diego 9 November 1946 for operations in the Far East. She arrived Shanghai, 1 December and later that month assisted the Korean Government in the prevention of smuggling. She continued operations in Far Eastern waters until returning to San Diego 22 June 1947. For the next 14 months Hollister engaged in training exercises and fleet maneuvers along the West Coast.

 

Hollister departed 1 September 1948 for her second deployment in the western Pacific where she joined the 7th Fleet on peacekeeping operations. She returned to Long Beach 24 April 1949 and operated in California waters until July 1950.

 

Immediately after Communist North Korea invaded South Korea in June 1950, the United States committed its military might to halting aggression. Hollister was among the first reinforcements rushed to the battle area, departing San Diego 5 July. Operating with Fast Carrier Task Force 77, she served as a screening ship and performed plane guard duty. In mid-September Hollister engaged in support of the highly successful landing at Inchon.

 

The 3d Battalion, 5th Marines landed at 0633, 15 September. Later that day Gen. Douglas MacArthur praised the performance saying that "The Navy and Marines have never shone more brightly than this morning." A week later Hollister took Rear Admiral Ewen (TF-77) for a conference with Commander 7th Fleet. In a message to his command, Admiral Ewen echoed MacArthur in praising its work: "The performance of Task Force 77 throughout the Inchon operations has added another page to the glorious history of our Navy and its airpower. It has been made possible only through the determination, the relentless effort and the esprit de corps of a team that is really great. Task Force 77 will sail for the high seas soon and will stay at sea until the North Korean Communists have their bellies full . . ." In late September the destroyer was detached for diversionary bombardment in Communist-held areas, effectively weakening enemy positions as American forces smashed .north.

 

In early November 1950, Hollister sailed with the Formosa Straits patrol, returning to Korea in mid-December for support of the Hungnam evacuation. She continued support operations, anti-junk patrols and shore bombardment before returning to San Diego 11 April 1951. Hollister operated in the San Diego area until she returned to Korean action a year later. In late April 1955, she resumed duties with Task Force 77, including fire-support missions, patrol, antisubmarine warfare exercises and screening duty. Hollister joined the Formosa patrol in August, but resumed operations in Korea before returning to San Diego 18 November.

 

The veteran ship operated out of San Diego until 21 July 1953 when she sailed for another Far Eastern tour. Hollister engaged in patrols both off Korea and Formosa to make clear America's objective of protecting her allies. After 6 months in this area she returned home 19 February 1954. In September, she was deployed to the Western Pacific at a time when the Chinese Communists were stirring trouble in the South China Sea. During the next 3 months she engaged in hunter-killer operations off Japan and had patrol duty in the South China Sea. In late January 1955, Hollister accompanied the 7th Fleet in evacuation of Chinese Nationalists from the Tachen Islands. Constant aerial coverage from this powerful carrier force enabled the Nationalists to move from an untenable position. This was considered by some as "the most forthwright U.S. action against communism since the Korean war." She returned to San Diego 13 March for local operations.

 

Another deployment to the Far East from 27 September 1955 to 11 March 1956, saw Hollister resume her important peace keeping operations in this explosive area. Only 6 months passed before departing on another tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, this time visiting Samoa, New Zealand, Manus, and Guam en route to the South China Sea. In January and February 1957, she operated with the Formosa Patrol and conducted training out of Japan before returning to San Diego 24 March.

 

Hollister deployed 25 October on her ninth Western Pacific tour. In the early months of 1958 she operated with units of the 7th Fleet on Formosa Patrol. Units in this area were placed on alert as a crisis in Indonesia threatened the existing government. The presence of U.S. seapower exerted a powerful influence; the crisis subsided. The destroyer returned to San Diego 23 April but sailed again for the Western Pacific 18 December to operate with the 7th Fleet. Returning San Diego 13 June 1959, Hollister spent the remainder of the year engaged in tactical exercises out of San Diego.

 

Hollister departed 6 February 1960 for her llth Western Pacific deployment and began patrol duty in the Formosa Straits. This tour of duty also saw her engaged in various antisubmarine warfare exercises with the Philippine Navy. She returned to San Diego 14 June to resume training and readiness operations.

 

Hollister entered the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 15 March 1961 for FRAM (Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization) overhaul, remaining there through the end of the year for addition of a helicopter deck and hangar aft. After refresher training, she departed Long Beach 7 June 1962 for duty with the 7th Fleet. This cruise came after the Laos crisis and Communist insurgency threatened Thailand. Once again the Navy came to the support of a small country whose freedom was in jeopardy.

 

She remained in the Far East until 21 December 1962 when she returned to Long Beach. During 1963 Hollister engaged in shore bombardment exercises and antisubmarine training off the coast of California and in Hawaiian waters.

 

In the first half of 1964, Hollister engaged in antisubmarine exercises on the American West Coast. On 19 June, she departed Long Beach, Calif., with an antisubmarine group bound for Pearl Harbor, arriving 27 June. After a passage to Japan, she took up station for contingency operations in the South China Sea on 4 August, and received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for her patrol services off Vietnam. After continuing these operations intermittently until 17 November, Hollister began transit from Yokosuka, Japan, to Long Beach on 23 December, arriving 6 January 1965.

 

With 3 months of overhaul complete, the ship engaged in continuous training exercises from 28 May to 20 August. Deploying again to the western Pacific in August, Hollister was ordered to Taiwan Patrol duty on 14 September.

 

By 22 September, she returned to Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, to commence plane guard and antisubmarine screen duties supporting Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31). Hollister accompanied the aircraft carrier on Yankee Station off Vietnam, giving valuable support to the naval might exercised in preserving that country's independence.

 

On 19 December she left station and arrived in Yokosuka 30 December, prior to her departure for the United States the following day.

 

After a 6-month repair and training period, Hollister left Long Beach 25 June for the Far East once again. Arriving 15 July, she screened carriers and prevented infiltration of supplies to the Viet Cong. Hollister remained in the Far East, where she was on station in May of 1967.

 

 

USS Hollister (DD-788) on 9 January 1962